KMF invests over £1m in new equipment to increase efficiency 

Precision Sheet Metal firm KMF has invested in two new laser profiling machines which will increase cutting speeds, reduce operating costs and allow a greater range of materials to be processed.

KMF has ordered the Trumpf 3030 (L81) and the 5030 (L76). Both machines are new, state of the art fibre lasers and join a full array of high-end sheet metal processing equipment purchased from the same supplier.

Laser profiling is the first physical stage in the processing of sheet metal-based products and so any gains are felt throughout the manufacturing process. The new lasers are estimated to improve average run times by 50% and bring the average machine running cost down by 67%. The £1.2m assets have been ordered to replace two existing older models – an early fibre machine and a traditional laser.

Commercial director Keith Nicholl said: “More rapid machines mean that we can continue to offer a competitive solution to our customers at a time when resource costs are rising. As well as being faster, the machines are more comprehensive and accurate which allows us to build on our reputation of producing consistent quality products in high volumes. We’ve had a very positive first half of the year and are continuing to grow, so we need to invest in newer, better machinery to accommodate our customers and their requirements.” 

The new lasers also have more capacity to cut heavier gauge and a larger range of sheet-based materials. One of the existing lasers is a 3030 (L41) and has a maximum cutting thickness of 20mm in mild steel, 15mm in stainless and 10mm in aluminium. Both new lasers add 5mm more scope on the steels and an additional 10mm in aluminium. They will also cut 8mm thick copper and brass. 

Mr Nicholl concluded: “We have now signed for the equipment and looking forward to the delivery and install dates in the new year.”

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